LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 10, 2017

A couple of additions to the heritage file, plus a new mid-rise proposal for Gordon Street are on the agenda for October’s planning meeting. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify.


Guelph City Council Meeting – October 10, 2017

Live blog from the meeting starting at 6:30 pm

  1. At the council meeting now. Let the live tweets begin!!!
  2. Review of City of Guelph Development Application Fees passes by consent 10-0.
  3. The two heritage designations also pass 10-0.
  4. Last item of the evening: 1300 Gordon Street Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment.
  5. Currently a single home sits on the property, but Carousel Estates Home Inc. wants to build a six-storey residential apartment building with 32 units in all.
  6. Cllr Hofland asks about a specific area of green on the map. The entire property right is designated for specific heritage systems.
  7. Cllr Piper asks about the set back requests, is it a condition of the land, or of the development.
    Planner Dal Bello says that will have to be answered by the developer.
  8. There are two delegations tonight beginning with Astrid Clos, the consultant representing the developer.
  9. Tree nerds: the development is looking to keep as many trees on the property as possible. 140 trees will be kept, 22 will be removed, and 16 will be replaced as per city policy.
  10. Clos says the developer has heard the parking concern of the Salvation Army and it will be addresses as he plan is refined further. S.A. thinks that people in the new building will be using their lot as aux parking.
  11. Close said that a concern in the Salvation Army letter could have been better worded...

    Close said that a concern in the Salvation Army letter could have been better worded…
  12. Cllr Billings asks about the development’s transportation study regarding traffic and the bus stop in Solstice 1. Clos says City can’t move the stop, but may be a bus bypass.
  13. There’s no surface exterior parking with the this development. Clos says that given the site there may be no outdoor parking spaces, but the entrance could be rejiggered.
  14. Allt asks if Clos is cherry picking between OPA 42 and OPA 48. Clos says no, but 42 had all the heritage system policies in it and they carry over into 48, which is the reference she was trying to make.
  15. Clos notes the cedar hedge will remain, more native plants will be installed, the deer pass at night, so Salvation Army isn’t going to do it all alone on natural preservation.
  16. This is the parking system being considered for the development

    This is the parking system being considered for the development
  17. And it will be able to be adapted to electric vehicles, in response to Allt’s question.
  18. Also, these units are going to be geared to seniors, hence the fact that their a little bit larger than usual. A machine room less (MRL) elevator is proposed for the building. There should be nothing visible on the roof in terms of mechanics
  19. Mayor Guthrie asks if there was any thought in going higher and thinner? Architect James Fryett says there started to be structural problems as the building went higher.
  20. Now Les Schmidt will talk to the development. This is not a “south end problem” he says, “this is a Guelph problem.”
  21. Schmidt says “Who knew there would be 22, 5-6 storey buildings” in the area of south Gordon? High density is a slippery slope, he says..
  22. “Where are the cars going to go, ladies and gentlemen? Walk down there and see for yourself,” says Schmidt.
  23. Schmidt says that people coming in from the GTA and Hamilton are using Gordon, not the Hanlon.
  24. Bell moves the recommendation. Council will vote now only to receive the report. Nothing is approved.
  25. No mayor’s announcements, or notices of motion. Meeting adjourned. Have a good night!

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